SABINE HORNIG: OUT FRONT: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

April 4 - May 4, 2002
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Press release

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of work by Sabine Hornig. Entitled Out Front, the exhibition is comprised of new sculpture and photographic work, each provoking an enigmatic discourse between viewer and object. Referencing storefront windows and building fac╠žades respectively, the photographs and sculptures set up an ambiguous relationship between visual penetration and physical access - placing the viewer simultaneously within and outside of the work’s frame. Subverting the Modern dynamic between form and function, Hornig’s work releases form to explore the relationship between architecture, perception and imagination.


In the three sculptural works that comprise Out Front, Sabine Hornig presents artifacts of Modernism’s transcendence into a functional, global language - a language of migration, identity and ambiguity. The structures that inspire the works are selected primarily for their formal composition, presented by Hornig as remnants of a utility that is now somewhat unclear – a glass storefront, a building entryway, and a bus stop. Relegating these forms to mere symbols of functionality (but without actual function), Hornig’s work subverts the enslavement of design to serve efficiency, economics and pragmatism.